Chapter Twenty-Six

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Damn you, ever-nagging plot bunnies ... I just can't get this one out of my head. I am focusing on one story, but I wanted to get a foundation on this new one. So, here we go ... This will be similar to Buying Love, Friends with Benefits, Mafia Princess and The One That Got Away, with shorter chapters and weekly updates: I'm planning on keeping the update schedule with this one ... Sunday updates, Wednesday teasers.

Next chapter will be the completion of their bonding. Meaning, lemons. It'll also be their honeymoon. They will be going to some island ... playing off their vows. After their wedding and 'honeymoon', things are going to pick up the pace with the action ... Aro, Jacob and their loons, they're preparing for battle. It's going to be insane. Magically crazy ... leave me some!

Chapter Twenty-Six

EPOV

"May your bonds of love be blessed this day, the first night of the blue moons. May you always hold each other. May they have the strength to hang on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. May they remain tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. May these bonds be healer, protector, shelter and guide for each other, always and forever." With a wave of his hand, two powerful bindings moved from our bodies and wrapped around our fingers, glowing under our skin. "The perfect circle of the ring symbolizes eternity, as yours is an eternal love. This ring, only visible to your mate, is a symbol of that love and a reminder that you are unbroken and will be with each other, always. Lord Edward and Lady Isabella, you've bound yourselves to each other in the eyes of your friends and family. On behalf of all of those present, and by the strength of your own love, I pronounce you mated for all eternity. You may seal your vows with a kiss."

I cupped her cheeks and stared into her glowing eyes, seeing nothing but love, desire and absolute joy radiating from them. "I love you, sihrena," I whispered.

"I love you more," she murmured back. I dipped my head, brushing my lips with hers and our bonds sizzled all around us, making me even more aware of the need to fully connect with her. She moaned against my mouth, sliding her tongue between my lips. I tightened my arms around her and we lost ourselves in one hell of a kiss, only existing for each other and only this moment. The worries of Aro, Jacob and the pending war with the dark creatures were so far removed from our minds. All that remained was the need to mate with my sihrena, my mate, my life.

My only love ...

"We need to take these pictures," Alice chided. "I know you need to go do unspeakable things to each other, but it's important."

"One more," Marcus chuckled. I nuzzled Bella's hair, kissing her neck and smiled when the flash went off. "Okay, I'll post these to the website and we're good to go. Congratulations, my lord and my lady."

"Thank you, Marcus," I said. Our friends, family, they left the backyard and Bella and I had a few moments alone. She looked at me, her eyes glowing a deep amber. "You are so beautiful, Bella. I can't even ..."

"So are you, Edward," she whispered, standing on her tiptoes, brushing her lips with mine. "I need you, Edward. Ever since we exchanged our vows, our blood, I have to ..."

"I know, love," I said, silencing her rambling with a kiss. "We need to wait until the crowd leaves. Then, we're able to mate, complete our bond." I pulled her into my arms and swayed to the soft breezes in the backyard. She melted against me, her eyes locked on mine. "This may not be a traditional human wedding, but I wanted to dance with my mate, my sihrena."

"You romantic," she giggled, laying her head on my shoulder.

"I do try, love," I said, inhaling deeply and smelling her succulent fragrance, mixed with her heady scent of arousal. I focused my hearing to the house. I faintly heard Carmen and Eleazar get into the car. They were the last to leave, giving us the castle to ourselves. "We're alone."

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